Robles files for appeals court

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Robert E. Robles filed his Declaration of Candidacy for election to the Court of Appeals, Position 1, in the Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Democratic primary.

Robles, 59, was appointed to the seat by Governor Bill Richardson on October, 24, 2008. He is announcing today that he is a candidate to keep his position on the court.

According to New Mexico law, anyone appointed to the state Court of Appeals must face one contested election, and then face a retention election every eight years.

A native of Albuquerque, Robles graduated with a juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1975. He began his legal career as a New Mexico Assistant Attorney General.

In 1978, Robles moved to Las Cruces, where he practiced law for 13 years prior to being appointed by then-Governor Bruce King as a Third Judicial District Court judge in 1991. Robles served on the district court bench for more than 17 years, and was selected by his fellow judges to three, three-year terms as chief judge.

“I believe I have served New Mexico well on the state Court of Appeals during the past 14 months – contributing to the court’s strong level of collegiality and stability.

With more than 16 years experience as an attorney and more than 17 years experience as a district court judge, I am very familiar with criminal, civil, commercial, domestic relations and juvenile law. I bring a strong work ethic and a passion for justice and public service to the court, and I hope to continue my service as a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge,” said Robles.

“My high regard for Judge Robles is based upon my experiences with him, both personally and professionally, over more than 25 years, said attorney Billy Blackburn of Albuquerque. “Throughout my professional contact with Judge Robles, I found him to be admirably knowledgeable in all areas of the law, including, but not limited to, my specialty, criminal law. In my experience, he has always proven to not only be a sound legal mind, but also efficient, professional, courteous and highly ethical. I believe Judge Robles has all of the traits that are critical for any judge sitting in any Court, particularly the New Mexico Court of Appeals.”

“Judge Robles not only possesses the exemplary legal skills and insight of an experienced trial judge, but also the leadership skills that have consistently earned him the trust and confidence of his colleagues on the bench, and also the respect of attorneys and parties appearing before him,” said lawyer and New Mexico State Representative Joseph Cervantes, D-Do